Learning Biblical Hebrew
3/9/10 at 10:14 PM 0 Comments

The name and the meaning - mahlon and kilion

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Hello dear readers, I am sorry for being away last week, this was a week with sickness to me and to my family.
Due to this reason, I decided to write today about sick people in the bible.

In the book of Ruth we can find two very sick persons without telling us that they are sick, these are mahlon and kilion, the two sons of Naomi and elimelech as written
In Ruth 1:2- 

"וְשֵׁם הָאִישׁ אֱלִימֶלֶךְ וְשֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ נָעֳמִי וְשֵׁם שְׁנֵי-בָנָיו מַחְלוֹן וְכִלְיוֹן.."

"And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and kilion"

Seemingly, it seems to be that nothing is written about someone that is sick, but if we will look closely to the nouns that appear in the names mahlon and kilion, we will see that machlon derives from the noun Machala, which means sickness or illness; kilion derives from kelaya, which means extermination.

It's not a surprise that few verses after we can find this:

"וַיָּמֻתוּ גַם-שְׁנֵיהֶם, מַחְלוֹן וְכִלְיוֹן"

"And Mahlon and Chilion died both of them"

If you have a name with sickness you will be sick.
I wish everyone to be healthy, Eli

Main phrases of the post + transcription + translation

Hebrew Transcription Translation
נָבַע         Nāba'          Derive from
מַחֲלָה       mahălāh     Sickness
לִכְאוֹרָה      Lik'ôrāh     Seemingly
בָּרִיא         Bāri'          Healthy
רוּת          rût              Ruth
כְּלָיָה         kelāyāh      Extermination


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